10 Days
Duration
Challenging
Physical Rating
Kokoda, Papua New Guinea
Location
14+
Age
April – May
Dates

(KOKODA OWERS CORNER)

Book this affordable ANZAC Day trek and commemorate ANZAC Day along the infamous Kokoda Trail at Isurava battlefield at the start of the trek.

Under the guidance of an expert Australian tour leader, follow the path of the Australian withdrawal from Kokoda in the north to Owers’ Corner in the south, as you draw on every ounce of your physical and mental strength to keep going along the challenging wartime track. Take guided tours of famous battle sites from Kokoda to Imita Ridge, and remember the soldiers who sacrificed their lives fighting for their country. Spend the nights in jungle campsites surrounded by exotic flora and fauna, and beautiful villages that belong to descendants of famous Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, dedicated PNG war carriers who carried supplies and evacuated hundreds of wounded Australians soldiers on stretchers over the rugged terrain in the Second World War. Capture breathtaking and panoramic views atop the highest peaks of the trek that crisscrosses the towering and rugged Owen Stanley’s which cuts through the spine of the PNG mainland. Finish off what is a fantastic commemorative trek with a visit to the Bomana War Cemetery to pay your respects at the graves of many of the soldiers who were killed in PNG before spending a night in Port Moresby and flying out the next day.

DESTINATION Kokoda – Owers’ Corner
DEPARTURE LOCATION Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
TOUR TYPE Pilgrimage
MIN PERSON 4
TOUR LEADER Australian
EXPERT GUIDE Papua New Guinean
 TOUR DURATION 10 Days
TRAVEL DURATION 2-Days (Transit Holiday Inn Express/Holiday Inn, Port Moresby)
TOTAL TRIP DURATION  12 Days
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT See Plan Your Trip

What’s Included

  • Trek Permit with Kokoda Track Authority
  • Expert Australian tour leader
  • Experienced PNG tour guide
  • ANZAC Day dawn service at Isurava battlefield
  • Battle site and areas of military significance tours and commentaries
  • Tribal welcome by descendants of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels
  • Safety and security plan
  • Daily safety and administrative briefs
  • Medevac plan
  • Kokoda trek fitness plan
  • Pre-tour health and medical check plan
  • Satellite, mobile and radio communications
  • First aid support (trained attendant and complete kit)
  • Staff Reception and airport transfers in Port Moresby
  • Transit hotel accommodation in Port Moresby (Holiday Inn Express /Holiday Inn)
  • Transit hotel buffet dinner and breakfast
  • Charter /domestic flight pre-trek (Port Moresby – Kokoda / Port Moresby – Popondetta)
  • Road transport to drop-off and pickup points (Popondetta – Kokoda/Owers’ Corner – Port Moresby)
  • Buddy system for trek safety (porter per trekker)
  • River crossing and counter obstacle procedures
  • Survival and obstacle breaching equipment
  • Guesthouse and campsite landowner fees
  • Village guesthouse accommodation and campsites (tent carried by a porter)
  • Food and equipment porters
  • Trek rations and camping supplies
  • Cooking and meal preparation
  • Delicious and nutritious local and western-style meals
  • Water resupply plan and procedure
  • Daily situational trek updates
  • Free souvenir Kokoda t-shirt and cap

What’s Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and passport costs
  • Medical expenses
  • Baggage cost
  • Spending money
  • Local museum fees

Travel Prerequisites

  • Trip – book your trip by browsing through our list of tours on this site.
  • Travel itinerary – have a return international travel itinerary. If you’ve included flights with your booking, we’ll handle this for you.
  • Passport – have a valid passport; if not contact your local passport office for assistance.
  • Visa – PNG has visa on arrival for Australian tourists but you can apply here in Australian by lodging your application in person or by registered mail with the PNG consular offices in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns.
  • Travel insurance – have travel insurance to cover you in case of an emergency. We highly recommend QBE’s Travel C plan otherwise go with a travel insurer who can cover you on the Kokoda Track and in PNG.
  • Medical – see your GP or family doctor to be deemed medically fit to complete the Kokoda Track and be protected against Malaria and other tropical illnesses.
  • Fitness – you must be physically fit and in good health to do Kokoda. This doesn’t apply to non-trekking tours.
  • Diet – inform us if you have specific dietary requirements, for instance, if you’re on a gluten-free diet.
  • Travel – email us copies of your travel documents i.e. passport (front page only that has your photo ID and pers details), completed medical form, travel insurance, and travel itinerary.

You can Contact Us if you need assistance to Plan Your Trip

Optional extras

  • International flights – to and from Moresby ex Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth or Darwin.
  • Personal Porter – highly recommended for all Kokoda treks if you’re not super fit
  • Accommodation – supplement for an extra night at the hotel in Port Moresby pre-tour or post tour
  • Photos – capture your tour moments with photographs
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Day 1: Port Moresby – Kokoda – Hoi (approx. 8 hours)

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Today, we leave early for the airport to catch either a charter / flight to Kokoda or Popondetta to begin our ANZAC Day trek. On arrival in Popondetta, we are welcomed before getting on our vehicle for the road trip to Kokoda to begin our trek. The drive takes us past the battle sites but now villages of Wairopi, Gorari and Oivi. If we’re flying into Kokoda, it’s a short walk from the airstrip to the Kokoda plateau. Kokoda is the site of the First Battle of Kokoda, and Second Battle of Kokoda. Kokoda was strategically important for the Allies because it had the only airstrip between Port Moresby, and the beachheads of Gona and Buna. We tour of the battle site, memorials, and museum, before trekking to our first campsite for near Hoi village. The trek takes us past the village of Kovelo village. In camp, we have dinner before resting our tired bodies from the day’s travel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 2: Hoi – Isurava Battlefield (approx. 6.5 hours)

Today, our destination is the Isurava battlefield where we’ll camp and celebrate ANZAC Day the following day. After breakfast, we leave Hoi and climb to Deniki located on a prominent blunt-nosed spur with breathtaking views where we stop briefly for a guided tour of the Battle of Deniki, a relatively short battle between Australians and the Japanese following the battles of Kokoda before Australians withdrew to Isurava. We arrive in camp well before dusk after trekking through the postwar Isurava village. After settling in camp, we take a guided tour of the battle site that’s beautifully built with four prominent pillars etched with the words courage, endurance, mateship, and sacrifice – that serve as a memorial to the battle’s fallen. The Battle of Isurava was the site of the first major battle of the Kokoda Campaign for the Australians. Private Bruce Kingsbury of the 2/14 Battalion, AIF, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the British Commonwealth’s highest award for bravery for his actions at Isurava. He was believed to have bee killed by an enemy sniper.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 3: Isurava Battlefield – Eora Creek (approx. 6.5 hours)

Today is ANZAC Day so we’re up very early for the dawn service. After the solemn service and paying our respects, we farewell Isurava and trek to our campsite at Eora Creek. Our first stop is Con’s Rock, a prominent flat rock used by Australian medical orderly Constantine Vafiopulous used as an operating table to conduct an amputation on a digger. The rock is located next to the memorial plaque of Lieutenant Harold “Butch” Bisset, who was seriously wounded during the Battle of Isurava, before dying in the hands of his brother Captain Stan Bisset. Following the tour, we continue to Alola village with its breathtaking views of Eora Gorge. Alola village was the location of Maroubra Force headquarters during fighting at Isurava and Abuari, the Australian infantry unit that was responsible for fighting along the Kokoda Trail. Abuari is located on the ridgeline to the east on the opposite side of the Eora gorge. After Alola, we continue along the trail before taking a detour to tour a Japanese defensive position on Eora Ridge. The position was heavily defended by the Japanese during the Australian Fighting Withdrawal, and Battle of Eora Creek. The site is riddled with weapon pits, ordnance, and war relics, and has a commanding view of Eora Creek on the southern side. From there, we trek to our campsite at Eora Creek where we pitch our tents for the night. Eora was the site of tragic and chaotic fighting during the Australian withdrawal early in the campaign, as they fought to delay the advancing Japanese, while moving south along the trail with their wounded following the battles of Isurava and Abuari.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 4: Eora Creek – Dump 1 (Lukobo Campsite) (approx. 7 hours)

After Eora Creek, we set our sights on our campsite at Lukobo Campsite in the vicinity of Dump 1. From Eora, we follow sections of the trail the Australians leap-frogged along during their fighting withdrawal with the Japanese in hot pursuit to Templeton’s Crossing and Dump 1 where a battle was fought before moving further south along the trail. We stop at Templeton’s Crossing for a tour of the Battle of Templeton’s Crossing during the Australian advance later in the campaign. Templeton’s Crossing is named after Captain Sam Templeton, Officer Commanding of B Company of the 39th Battalion, AMF, a veteran of World War I and fatherly-figure to the young and inexperienced soldiers in the Australian militia. We reach our campsite located at the foot of the towering Mt Bellamy where we enjoy our time in scenic and beautiful thick jungle

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 5: Dump 1 (Lukobo campsite) – Kagi (approx. 6 hours)

After a night at the second crossing of Eora Creek, we leave after breakfast and take the steep climb along precipitous and muddy slopes to the top of Kokoda Gap (also known as the “Gap”) which rises above the blanket of clouds over the mountain ranges on a cloudy day, and Mt Bellamy, the highest point along the Kokoda Trail at 2190 m above sea level, before passing 1900 Campsite and Myola Track Junction. The section of the trail between the Gap and the junction is mossy and heavily wooded with giant trees and huge pandanus. It was along this section of the trail that the advancing Australians encountered their first resistance from the retreating Japanese later in the campaign. After 1900, we stop for a tour Myola 1 and 2 before trekking to our campsite at Kagi village after passing Kagi Gap, which has breathtaking views of Brigade Hill, and Kagi and Naduri villages. No fighting took place at Kagi because of the open terrain but it was used a dropping zone for supplies and was the site of the first air strike against the advancing Japanese. We enter the village to a rousing Fuzzy Wuzzy welcome from lovely locals with their war cries and charming village choir.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 6: Kagi – Menari (approx. 7.5 hours)

Its day 6 and we’re excited to get going so we leave Kagi for next campsite at Menari village. The trek takes us past Kagi airstrip and the precipitous slopes where hordes of Japanese with lanterns were seen coming down its slopes by the Australians defending Mission Ridge. This is the famous Japanese “Lantern Parade.” We cross Efogi River and continue past Efogi 1 and 2 before trekking past Mission Ridge and arriving at Brigade Hill where we stop for a tour of the battle site, prayers, and laying poppies. The Battle of Brigade Hill was an unmitigated catastrophe and worst disaster faced by the Australians in the entire Kokoda Campaign. Despite courageous efforts to delay the advancing Japanese, it was a battle that resulted in defeat. After Brigade Hill, we continue to Menari village. With the Japanese in hot pursuit, the Australians withdrew to Menari before moving further to Nauro. Many troops passed through Menari like “Those Ragged Bloody Heroes” of the 39th Battalion, AMF, caught on camera by cinematographer Damien Parer, being commended by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Honner on parade in the village after weeks of fighting at Kokoda, Deniki, Isurava and Eora. Menari is a beautiful village with an airstrip and a big creek that we can go for a bath in.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 7: Menari – Nauro (approx. 5 hours)

After Menari, we head to Nauro village. We trek to Menari Gap before passing “The Wall”, a steep near-vertical descent which takes us to Augulogo village. After the village, we follow the bank of Nauro River before crossing it with the help of our porters and moving through the only swampy flats located along the Kokoda Trail before reaching our campsite located on the slopes of Maguli Range. Wartime Nauro village was located down in the valley near the river, but due to dampness and mosquitoes, it was relocated where it currently is. Withdrawing Australian composite units formed due to their reduced numbers from heavy fighting along the trail continued the climb up the range from Nauro, found a defensive position and camped before coming under attack from the advancing Japanese. Nauro village is easily distinguishable with its picturesque red clayey soil which can be seen from the air.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 8: Nauro – Ofi Creek (approx. 4 hours)

This morning we leave after breakfast and continue along the trail up the Maguli Range. At rest stops in cleared areas, a quick survey of the perimeter will reveal Australian weapon pits from the fighting along the range. We trek past Japanese Camp, Japanese Ladder, steps cut by Japanese soldiers into the clayey soil, and Station 88, a probable site of a wartime carrier camp set in a clear and prominent large kunai grassy patch, used sometimes as a helicopter-landing pad. Another half hour takes us to our campsite for the night at Ofi Creek. Many sites were chosen by the Australians as suitable ambush positions and Ofi Creek was one of them. In camp, we have plenty of time for a bath in the nearby jungle stream and get into fresh clothes before relaxing and enjoying the lush and virgin rainforest before having a nice meal prepared by our lovely porters.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 9: Ofi Creek – Goodwater (approx. 7.5 hours)

After breakfast, we climb to Ioribaiwa Ridge, the furthest point of the Japanese advance, which brought them within sight of their objective, Port Moresby. It’s the site of the Battle of Ioribaiwa, a final defensive battle fought by the Australians during the campaign, and wartime Ioribaiwa village. From the ridge, we head down and past the current Ioribaiwa village and onto Ua-Ule Creek, the site of Dump 44 supply dump, which we cross back and forth around a dozen times, before taking another unrelenting climb up to Imita Ridge. At the top of the ridge, we tour the site which the Australians defended after withdrawing along the trail, before going on the advance against the Japanese who stopped on the opposite ridge at Ioribaiwa.   After Imita, we head down the famous “Golden Stairs,” built by Australian engineers and Papuan labourers to make climbing to the top of the ridge much easier, to our campsite at Goodwater. It’s our second last day on the trek so we take the moment for a bath with everyone else in the creek before relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the jungle. The afternoon is taken up with a nice dinner and some rest for the final challenge to the finish the next day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 10: Goodwater - Owers' Corner (approx. 2 hours)

Its day 10, our last day and we’re all excited to finish the trek at Owers’ Corner. After breakfast, we leave and trek along sections of the used by horses and mules to transport supplies as far as Imita Ridge. We pass Dump 66 established after Dump 44 near Ua-Ule was vacated before reaching the abandoned Uberi village, the site of a field dressing station, and Goldie River. We cross the usually flooded river with the help of our courageous porters before making the last and final climb to the finish at Owers’ Corner. At the top, we are ushered through the Kokoda arches and congratulated by our porters before the road trip back to our luxury hotel in Port Moresby. Enroute, we stop for a tour of McDonald’s Corner, the original road head on to the Kokoda Trail, and Bomana War Cemetery, the largest war cemetery where many Australians lie buried from war in PNG. It’s our last night in Port Moresby and we leave for home the next day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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